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Chile, Obstinate Memory

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The voice of memory speaks up against oblivion. Time is passing. A generation of young Chileans has grown up with no knowledge of the facts surrounding the military coup of September 11, 1973. On that day, Salvador Allende's democratically elected socialist government was overthrown by General Pinochet. It was supposed to be Juan's wedding day. Instead, he was almost killed fighting the dictator's troops. Now, Patricio Guzman returns to Chile, after 23 years. The time has come to reveal the long-forgotten truth. With him, Guzman brings La Bataille du Chili, his major chronicle of that country's open and peaceful revolution. His documentary toured the world but was never seen in Chile. Discreetly, he shows it to his friends and a small group of students. Those who survived the struggle recognize their "disappeared" comrades, recall their courage and love of life. After the screening, the young people are in a state of shock. In their need to know the truth, they seem to express all the repressed feelings of the Chilean people. They feel invested with a historical duty, knowing it is they who must build the Chile of tomorrow. In French with English subtitles.

1997, 58 min 32 s

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Certificate of Honor
Television Festival - Magnolia Award
November 10 to 12 1998, Shanghai - China

Award for Best Documentary
International Film Festival
November 3 to 7 1998, St. Louis - USA

Silver Dove - Category: Long footage Documentary (tied with Master Game by Lutz Dammbeck) - with a cash prize of 6000DM
International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
October 27 to November 1 1998, Leipzig - Germany

Honorable Mention - Category: Social Issues
International Film and Video Festival
October 19 to 22 1998, Columbus - USA

Golden Sheaf Award - Category: Best Editing (Hélène Girard)
Yorkton Film Festival
May 21 to 25 1998, Yorkton - Canada

Golden Sheaf Award - Category: Best Direction (Patricio Guzman)
Yorkton Film Festival
May 21 to 25 1998, Yorkton - Canada

Golden Sheaf Award of Excellence
Yorkton Film Festival
May 21 to 25 1998, Yorkton - Canada

Golden Sheaf Award - Category: Best History Documentary
Yorkton Film Festival
May 21 to 25 1998, Yorkton - Canada

Golden Spire - Category: History
Golden Gate Awards Competition & International Film Festival
April 23 to May 7 1998, San Francisco - USA

Award - Category: Best Canadian Film in the Festival
Hot Docs
February 18 to 22 1998, Toronto - Canada

Award - Category: Best Political Documentary Award
Hot Docs
February 18 to 22 1998, Toronto - Canada

First Prize - Category: Best Documentary
Festival dei Popoli / International Film Festival on Social Documentary
November 28 to December 6 1997, Florence - Italy

Public Award
FIDMarseille
June 16 to 21 1997, Marseille - France